By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Taiwan reported one new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) onThursday, bringing the total number of infections to 427 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The latest case was the 29th resulting from a cluster infection on the "Panshi" fast combat support ship, which was part of a three-ship flotilla that visited Palau in mid-March, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who also heads the CECC, at a daily press briefing.
The flotilla left Taiwan in early March, stopped in Palau from March 12-15, and returned home on April 9, but the crew were not allowed to disembark until April 14- 15 because of quarantine regulations.
The patient is a male soldier in his 20s, who tested negative on April 18, when all 744 of the crew on the three ships were placed in quarantine, the CECC said. [FULL STORY]